Defenseman to make AHL All-Star debut in Utica, N.Y.
SAN DIEGO – The American Hockey League (AHL) today named San Diego Gulls defenseman Andy Welinski to the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, taking place Jan. 28 and 29 at Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. Welinski will make his first career All-Star appearance, and will be part of a Pacific Division roster that is composed of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.
Welinski, 24 (4/27/93), has earned 6-15=21 points with 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 24 games this season. Welinski ranks second on the team in scoring and assists, and ranks tied for third in goals. He leads club defensemen in scoring, goals and assists. Welinski ranks tied for second among AHL leaders in power-play points (5-12=17) and fourth in power-play assists, while ranking seventh among AHL defensemen in points, and tied for second in power-play goals. The 6-1, 200-pound defenseman tied his career high of six goals on Nov. 18 vs. Tucson in his 15th game of the season, matching the six he scored in 2016-17 in 63 games.
Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2011 NHL draft, Welinski appeared in four contests for Anaheim this season, registering 0-2=2 points with a +1 rating. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 11 vs. Carolina and recorded two assists in his first two games, becoming the first Ducks rookie to record a point in his first two career NHL games since Alex Grant (Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2013). Welinski became the seventh player drafted by Anaheim in the 2011 draft to play in at least one NHL game.
In 92 career AHL games with San Diego, the Duluth, Minn. native has collected 12-39=51 points with 32 PIM. He has appeared in 18 career Calder Cup Playoff games with San Diego, earning five assists (0-5=5) and 4 PIM to help lead the Gulls to the Pacific Division Finals in each of his first two seasons.